Huntingdon has always been a course the boss likes to support and in recent times it has been a happy hunting ground for us. Travertine was making his debut over hurdles after showing some very useful form on the flat in France. He was one of only two runners jumping a hurdle for the first time in public and despite going off at short odds we were happy with his 12 length 2nd behind a more experienced rival. He will fare a lot better for this experience and should certainly improve for his next outing.
The Barbury Queen took her chance in what looked a competitive Mares Novice Hurdle and although she appeared to be struggling to hold on to her position towards the second half of the race, she is a persistent and extremely honest mare and eventually finished a 5 length 3rd, closing well on the front 2 horses towards the line. A mare with a stamina packed pedigree she will certainly be open to improvement once she gets better ground conditions and a step up in trip and she should certainly provide Henry Ponsonby and his syndicate some enjoyable days on the racecourse.
Kings Bayonet rounded off the day for us in great style by taking the Qualifier For The Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final, winning by just over a length, with the 3rd place horse a further 8 lengths behind. He always been known to be a strong travelling horse and he now finishes off his races a lot better as he has gradually learnt to settle, thanks to the good work invested in him by his rider at home, Dan Horsford. He hurdled well throughout the race and despite fears the ground may have been too soft he powered all the way to line and we can now look forward to him taking his chance in the final of the series at Haydock in March.
Cahill was looking to follow up from his recent effort at Wolverhampton where he went down only 1/2 length 2nd despite a 12 lb rise in the handicap, this time at Kempton on Wednesday evening, where he had been raised another 2 lb for his recent efforts. Although taking a minor step down in trip he again ran a solid race to be beaten just under 5 lengths into 4th. It is good to see him string together some consistent, good efforts for his owner Max Mcneill and although climbing 14 lbs in the handicap in recent events he can hopefully continue to be competitive off this mark.
Looking ahead to the weekend we are represented at Chepstow and Kempton, and hopefully with a bit of luck we’ll have plenty more good news to discuss.